80ft (24.4m) Nautor's Swan - Sleeps 6 guests.

From: $ 19,500 To: $ 22,400 Per Week. Operating in: Caribbean, East Coast of North America,

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Designed by Sparkman and Stephens this distinguished ketch was built by Nautor Swan in 1981. She was rebuilt and extended from 76 feet to 80 feet in 1995 with an extensive refit in 2003.
Melinka offers lively sailing and serene on-board comforts for six guests.
The three guest cabins located aft of the saloon have generous twin berths plus ensuite heads with separate showers.
A comfortable dining and sitting area amidships ensures the enjoyment of savoury exotic meals and relaxing moments after a day of swimming and exploring the beautiful destinations Melinka sails to. Casual outside dining for four.


  • CD library
  • DVD player
  • Local television
  • DVD library
  • Stereo system
  • Fishing equipment
  • Kneeboard
  • 2 kayaks
  • Adult waterskis
  • Dinghy: Novurania / 15ft 0in (4.5m) / 60HP


  • Air-conditioned: Fully
  • Voltage: 110
  • Deck shower


  • Diving by arrangement / rendezvous
  • Snorkeling gear

MELINKA Crew Profile

Captain Forrest Shropshire
Originally from Georgia, Forrest holds a 1600-ton U.S. Coast Guard Open Ocean License, the equivalent of the UK’s 3000- on Master’s License. He has been cruising the waters of the Caribbean and the U.S. East Coast for more than thirty years,and takes great pleasure in showing guests his favorite destinations. An  excellent teacher, he will be happy to offer you the helm, explain how celestial navigation works, or show you how to take a sextant reading.
Widely experienced in yachting, Forrest previously managed a small marina and boatyard. He is a PADI open water diver as well as a skilled windsurfer, kayaker, and former water skiing instructor. His dedication to fishing means you are almost guaranteed some fresh mahi mahi or tuna during your cruise.



MELINKA Specifications

MELINKA Testimonials

Richard from Cruising Club of America. 

I just had the privilege of completing a two week charter aboard Melinka in the Windward and Leeward Islands of the Caribbean with my daughter and Brian McNally's daughter. In my years of sailing on charter boats both in the U.S. and abroad the experience aboard Melinka stands out as pure 

Captain Forrest Shropshire, his first hand Jace and Joanna Walls, cook and second mate kept Melinka superbly and responded to requests with skill and courtesy. I have never had a more satisfying experience in 50 years of chartering crewed yachts here and abroad. 

My friend of many years, Brian McNally, who chartered Melinka left the cruise early. The cockpit layout of Melinka was not compatible with his physical disabilities.

Sincerely Yours,


Feed back from Sarah:

My charter trip aboard Melinka over Christmas 2015 was a dream come true for my 87 year old Dad and me. Melinka sails like a dream, and her crew is skillful and attentive. If you like to sail and love classic yachts, you will be delighted by sailing aboard Melinka.

I found Forrest to be a skillful and capable Captain who runs a first class operation with a skillful and jolly crew.

Joanna's cooking was gourmet and healthy, much of it prepared in the galley, going to windward at 7-10 knots. We were steadily surprised and delighted by the delicious food and attentive crew.

The sailing adventure was fantastic!!  We can't wait for our next adventure!!

You did a GREAT job.

  - Caribbean Charter guests, 

MELINKA Specifications

LENGTH 80ft (24.4m) BEAM 19ft (5.8m) DRAFT 9ft 0in (2.7m)
GUESTS 6 CREW Captain Forrest Shropshire + 2 REFIT
SPEED 8kts / 10kts STABILISERS None FLAG Virgin Islands (British)
ENGINES Mercedes Benz 200 HP

MELINKA Accommodations

MELINKA accommodates 6 guests in 3 en suite cabins.
The master cabin has 2 single beds 80" long -- one port, one starboard, plus en suite shower and head.

Port and starboard midship guest cabins have upper / lower single beds 77" long and ensuite heads and showers.

MELINKA is fully air conditioned through out.

Crew quarters are forward with separate companionway. Crew have own head and shower.


Aft Deck

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Master Cabin

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Twin Cabin

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